NASCAR Veteran Ted Musgrave Head To Berlin Raceway With Sheltra's Motorsports; 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Champion To Mentor Sheltra WHITESVILLE, Kentucky (July 23, 2009) - - Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that NASCAR ...
NASCAR Veteran Ted Musgrave Head To Berlin Raceway With Sheltra's Motorsports; 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Champion To Mentor Sheltra
WHITESVILLE, Kentucky (July 23, 2009) - - Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that NASCAR veteran Ted Musgrave has joined the veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) team as a driver coach for Indiantown, Florida native Patrick Sheltra beginning with Saturday night's Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac at Berlin (Mi.) Raceway.
A familiar face at the racetrack, Musgrave, the 2005 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion will act as a mentor to the 23-year old rising star as Sheltra progresses through his third year of ARCA competition.
Musgrave, a native of Franklin, Wisconsin has over 18 years of experience combined between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In 518 starts, he has 17 wins, 101 top-five finishes and 176 top-10s. The former IROC driver won the NCWTS driver's championship in 2005 driving for Ultra Motorsports.
Musgrave will work with "Mr. Showtime" on all the aspects of racing hoping to guide Sheltra back towards the front in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship chase and most importantly victory lane.
The relationship with Musgrave came about through a familiar source to Sheltra Motorsports. Germain Racing, a full-time competitor in the NCWTS suggested the team work with their 2006 truck driver. Additional recommendations came through Germain Racing's current driver and 2006 NCWTS Champion Todd Bodine and members of Brian Scott's Xpress Motorsports team. Sheltra Motorsports and Germain Racing partnered together for the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway in June.
"I think this is one of the biggest steps we've ever made at Sheltra Motorsports," said driver Patrick Sheltra. "Ted is no doubt qualified to be a driver coach. His credentials speak for themselves. He's been around racing a long time and I think he can come to the race track and really help me get into a rhythm. There's no doubt we have a great team, we're just looking for that extra push and I think Ted's the answer. I had the opportunity to talk to him earlier this week and he sounds just as excited as I am. He's been to Berlin Raceway before, so that's a big plus. I'm looking forward to getting to Berlin on Saturday."
He added, "I want to thank Germain Racing, Mike Hillman Sr., Mike Hillman Jr., Todd Bodine and Xpress Motorsports for all of their recommendations and support of our race team. It really means the world to me."
Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings-Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS has 57 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with one career victory at Salem Speedway (April 2009). During his ARCA tenure, Sheltra has accumulated nine top-fives and posted 19 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Rockingham Speedway (April 2009) is Sheltra's best time trials efforts to date. He has controlled the ARCA field five times for 109 laps.
The Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac (200 laps / 88 miles) is the 12th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The Marne, Michigan event is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, July 25 with an hour and half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag that evening shortly after 8:30 p.m. The event will not be televised but broadcast coverage will be available live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.